4 Major Cat Care Mistakes

Do you have a cat? You’re certainly in good company! In fact, these little furballs have millions of people wrapped around their cute little paws. There are many reasons that cats are such popular pets. Fluffy is cute, lovable, affectionate, and quite clean. Although kitties are quite independent, they do need proper care in order to truly thrive. Read on to learn about some of the most common cat care mistakes in this article by a Diamond Bar, CA veterinarian.

Not Spaying/Neutering

Sadly, shelters are full of sweet, adorable kitties that desperately need homes. Many of these cats are running out of time. Overpopulation is one of the main reasons there are so many pets in shelters. By spaying or neutering your kitty, you’re doing your part in controlling the numbers of stray and homeless kitties. Plus, your furball will be calmer, healthier, and happier, and less likely to make you cringe with feline love songs, after being fixed.

Punishment

Kitties are absolutely wonderful pets, but they aren’t purrfect. Fluffy may scratch your sofa, or knock a delicate vase off a shelf, for instance. But if your furball misbehaves, punishing her is one of the worst things you can do. Cats don’t think like we do, and they don’t understand punishment. Your pet may not know why you’re angry, and could get scared, anxious, or aggressive as a result. Bribery is a much better tactic.

Lack Of Veterinary Care

Many of our feline patients don’t see us as often as they should. Kittens should visit the vet a few times during that first year, for examinations, microchipping, vaccines, and spay/neuter surgery. Adult cats usually need to see us at least once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule, and stick to it.

Letting Fluffy Wander

Many cats enjoy being able to patrol their yards. In fact, your thoughtful pet may thank you for letting her roam by leaving an unsavory gift on your porch! The truth is, kitties that are allowed to go outside face many dangers, including cars, weather, predators, other cats, parasites, and chemicals. Fluffy will be both safer and healthier indoors! Your local bird and wildlife populations will also be better off with one less furry hunter stalking them.

Please contact us, your Diamond Bar, CA animal clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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